Santa Visits St Joseph’s

The children in Reception and Key Stage 1 had a surprise visitor on Friday. After watching ‘The Polar Express’, Santa visited and gave each child a special bell, one that only those who still believe can hear. Even Mr Craig got one, because he still believes of course!

Lights Camel Action

Well done to all the children in Years 1 and 2. Your performance of ‘Lights Camel Action’ was fab-u-lous and certainly not a ‘disaster’. Thank you so much to Mr Pearson for all his work with the lights and sound, and to Mrs Scott & Mrs Shaw for all their wonderful costumes! We hope you enjoyed it as much as the children enjoyed performing it. Please let us know what you thought!

Visit to Souter Lighthouse

On Wednesday, the children in Year 2 visited Souter Lighthouse as part of the ‘Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ topic. While we were there, we climbed the 76 steps to the top of the lighthouse and looked at the 1008 lens. The children were fascinated with the life of the Lighthouse Keeper and how difficult it must have been. As part of our geography focus, we also identified many geographical features of the area, such as cliffs, vegetation and rocks.

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Artist Superstar!

We have a published artist in Year 2!

During World Book Day, every child in the school created a poster for their favourite book and the best ones were entered into a competition organised by Vision for Education.

This week, we found out that one of our pupils was a winner and that their picture was to be printed in a special book that would be shared among schools all over the country.

Year 2 were very excited to find out that the winner was from their class and it was…..



Lee from VfE came in to present Rhys with a copy of the book plus a gift voucher. We don’t expect this to be the last time Rhys’ artistic skills are on public display!


The Easter Story

Children in Year 2 have been writing The Easter Story. As well as this, they created a ‘Good Friday Garden’. We discussed how the people in the story were feeling and placed these words around the Garden – words such as ‘scared’, ‘angry’ and ‘hopeless’.

We followed this up by listening to the story of Easter Sunday in the Secret Garden. Once we had listened to the story, we searched for flowers and used these to decorate the Resurrection Garden.

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Key Stage 1 Barnabas Day

On Tuesday the whole school was involved in ‘Barnabas Day’ – during which Christianity is explored in schools through storytelling, drama and music, with a good sprinkling of fun. Key Stage One took part in a session which focused on the theme ‘Being a good friend’. Chris Hudson, from the Barnabas team, told Key Stage One the story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colours. Chris told the story and drew children into acting out the character parts. The children all participated brilliantly and we saw some fantastic acting! Well done Key Stage One!

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French Colours

Mme Smith has been teaching Year 2 about colours in French. The children played a game where colours were hidden and they needed to say which colour was missing….in French! We then sang The Rainbow Song….in French!


Rouge et jaune et rose et vert,

Orange et violet et bleu.

Je connais les couleurs,

Toutes les couleurs

De mon arc en ciel.

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Year 2 World Book Day

Year 2 had a fantastic day yesterday. The children were welcomed into class by Mr Gum and The Witch on the Broom. Children were dressed as a variety of characters, from Jessie to Ben 10. First of all, children designed a new book cover which will be entered into a regional competition.

We then had our Spelling Bee competition. The children had obviously spent a long time learning their spellings, but we had seven children who got 100%. The knock-out round led to Kieran, Chloe and Daniel qualifying for the whole school contest.

Mrs Jordan then came into class to read some Beatrix Potter stories.

Next was time to Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) where we read quietly for 15 minutes (Mr Craig said this was the best part of the day!)

Finally, Jamie Wonka gave out his scrum-diddly-umptious treats!

We had a great day and brought in lots of new books for our library!

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The Last Supper

In Year 2, we heard the story of The Last Supper. We re-enacted the story as this is a great way for us to understand how people were feeling. Jesus blessed the bread and wine and shared it among the disciples. He also washed the feet of his disciples. This is an example of how you should treat others.  You don’t have to actually wash other people’s feet, but doing nice things for others and acting like a servant for Jesus, that is what He wants you to do.

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